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Old Web Today: Keeping Flash (and other) Retro Web Sites Accessible on the modern web

Techniques for combining web archives and emulation using FOSS tools.


It's been just over a year since all browsers dropped support for Flash, but much Flash content continue to exist both in web archives and on the live web. This presentation will cover various techniques tried by the Webrecorder project to keep Flash content still working in today's browsers, such as running old browsers in containers, running full system emulation in WebAssembly, and using the Ruffle emulator. We will cover the trade-offs between these approaches and the current challenges in combining web archives and emulation, and present the tools we have built to make these approaches possible.

As one of the options, will also talk about the OldWeb.today project (https://oldweb.today/) which provides several JS-based emulation connected to web archives, how it works and how it can be used to run not only Flash, but also old Java applets that may exist in web archives.

We will leave time for a Q&A session to answer any questions about the tools and how they could be improved!

Speakers

Ilya Kreymer

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